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RATINGS: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69   EST. CALORIES: 99   ABV: 3.3%
The tradition of brewing two distinct beers from one mash has existed for thousands of years, and for centuries the term "small beer" was used in English to describe the lighter and weaker second beer. We make our Old Foghorn Barleywine Style Ale from the rich first runnings of an all-malt mash, and Anchor Small Beer is our attempt to duplicate the "small beers" of old by sparging that same mash: sprinkling warm water over the Old Foghorn mash after the first wort has run off, thereby creating a second, lighter brew from the resulting thinner wort. We believe you will find Anchor Small Beer delicious—similar to what modern brewers call a "bitter"—and we hope you will also enjoy the idea of reviving an ancient brewing tradition, which is something of great importance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1512) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2003
This is another very nice beer from Anchor. Nice frothy head out of the bottle, clear copper color, and a wonderful smooth drinking flavor with just enough hoppy bite to keep things interesting. (Without being obnoxiously sticky). Delicious!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6838) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (grain), lightly hoppy (apricot, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of tin. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, slightly metallic. Tinny, raw, watery, grainy, vapid, unbalanced, whew...its bad points just go on and on. Just seems like a way of making a little extra cash from spent grains. How many people actually enjoy this and buy it regularly, I have to wonder.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElGaucho (2319) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2003
This is the first Anchor product I haven't found myself to be enamored with. All of the flavor from the mash was taken for the Old Foghorn, leaving very little for Small. This is a very attractive beer aesthetically, with tons of visible carbonation and a large, thick white head that gives way to excellent lace. There is some bitterness, but it is dry and not very complex. Anchor's effort to use up spent grains and perhaps save some money on raw materials kind of back fired on this one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2003
This is a beautiful beer: crystal-clear body and fluffy white head. Ooo. Doesn't taste so good: grainy as hell, no sweetness, no good flavor. Just ungood. I would really prefer Budweiser.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2003
A great looking beer in an awesome bottle. Very grainy and aweful. I'm not sure why Anchor even makes this. Rather have a bud.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
skortila (4867) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2003
Sweet aroma, malty. not great. Appearance is okay, lasting head, golden to amber coloured. Clear. Taste is sweet, ugly malty, some hops, some fruits. Palate is metallic. It would have been better if they put the old foghorn in the big bottle and this 'small beer' in the small 0ldfoghorn bottle.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
caesar (5879) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2003
Definitely the worst of the Anchor brews i've tasted. Dark yellow color, quite big head. Aroma is skunky and hoppy. Taste is too bitter and sewer-water-like. Bitter palate. Why do they sell this crap in 0.5 liter bottles, and the nice old foghorn only in 0.25 liter?!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
hopscotch (10210) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 This beer was my first small beer. It was my first "drain-pour" in quite sometime. Horrible, thin and bitter from start to finish. Maybe my bottle was off. I don’t even want to give it another chance. Bought it at Sam’s in Chicago, IL. Horrible!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2003
Pours with a clear light amber body topped by a thick rocky sustaining head with good lace. Slightly sweet and lemony hop aroma with a piney background. Slightly sweet yet very bitter hop flavor with a touch of lemon and piney notes. Light to medium bodied and slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Andrew196 (1134) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2003
Golden yellow in color, aroma was very boring and unoffensive. Taste was super clean, lightly sweetened malts....not a lot there. Tons of flavor for such a low ABV.

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